TOPEKA, Kan., May 17, 2013—The NHRA Mello Yello Series heads to Topeka, Kan. this week, where Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team hope plenty of track time awaits.
With qualifying sessions cut to a minimum at the last few races due to weather, track time has become all the more vital for Tasca, crew chief Chris Cunningham and co crew-chief Marc Denner, who are eager to see the effects of changes made to the set-up of the car for 2013.
“If the old analogy ‘hard work pays off’ is true, we’re in good shape,” Tasca said. “Only a few people truly know how much hard work and effort and shared gut-ache we’ve had since making wholesale changes on our car after Gainesville. From that, racing three weekends in a row and losing qualifying laps at the same time, we’ve had plenty on our hands.”
The ESPN2 qualifying show is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (May 18, 2013), with the race from 8-11 p.m. ET Sunday.
“We really believe once the team turns the corner, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Tasca said. “We’re just looking forward to a nice race weekend with four qualifying runs. It’s going to be a great run for our team and I really feel that couldn’t come at a better time.”
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca Sr. in Rhode Island in 1962, after he realized the incredible potential of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” during drag racing’s infancy. At 16 years old, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. He opened his own Ford dealership at 27. Seventy years later Tasca Ford still exists, run by the second and third generations of the Tasca family. Bob Tasca III, grandson of Bob Sr., has led the racing branch of the family since 2008 as driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car. When he’s not involved with his race team, Bob III works at the family dealership. The Tasca family is proud to say more than 50 years after Tasca Racing was founded, the phrase “Win on Sunday Sell on Monday” is alive and well within the Tasca and Ford team.